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Hot security startups to watch

Tim Greene | June 8, 2016
Simulating attacks, defending the Internet of Things and keeping track of suspicious device reconfigurations are among technologies young companies are fleshing out.

Why we’re following it: Upguard’s platform gives security pros insights into configurations of every device on a network and seeks out anomalies that can help businesses meet compliance standards as well as spot changes that could indicate compromise.


Headquarters: Reston, Va.
Founded: 2013
$3 million from Cisco, Vital Ventures and Crosslink Capital
  CEO Christopher Key andCOOBen Cianciaruso
Fun fact: Key and Cianciaruso also co-founded ENIRA, now part of HP

Why we’re following it: Running constant attacks against live networks without negative consequences is what this company does, a good way to check for weaknesses and also gives security personnel the chance to experience what it’s like to be under attack. Also, the founders have succeeded in a startup before.


Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.
$2.3 million from angel investors
 CEO Xu Zou and CTO May Wang
Fun fact:
 Without any product to its name, the company received a buyout offer last year.

Why we’re following it: Although the company hasn’t launched yet, it is working on Internet of Things security that doesn’t require upgrades to the IoT devices themselves, but rather to the routers they connect to. This gets around the problem of legacy IoT devices or those whose price and processing power doesn’t allow for much in the way of security. Also, the company leaders have experience with security via Cisco, which knows a thing or two about routers.


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